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The Wild Center Introduces Raquette River Roll

The Wild Center Introduces Raquette River Roll

New ball-run experience opens to the public June 29

Tupper Lake, NY – The Wild Center is thrilled to announce the opening of Raquette River Roll, an innovative ball-run experience set along its new Fen Trail. Launching on June 29, this interactive outdoor exhibit invites visitors to engage with nature through a series of elevated tracks and obstacles strategically placed along a scenic half-mile path. 

Named after the Raquette River that runs through the Adirondacks, Raquette River Roll and its accompanying trail offer a unique outdoor educational adventure. The trail includes several different ball-run stops along the wheelchair-accessible path, each crafted of natural materials and each with its own special features that encompass the mission of The Wild Center. Visitors can race their wooden balls down a pair of 200-foot-long tracks, use log lifts to raise their ball into the canopy before dropping down a tower of wooden discs, roll their ball down xylophones made from wood and scrap metal, through log tunnels and through loop-the-loops. Displays between each location describe natural features, such as tree burls and mushrooms.

Charlie Smith, a facility technician, has been dedicated to the Raquette River Roll project since last summer. A trained carpenter, Smith has spent months in The Wild Center’s shop, turning the ideas seen throughout the attraction into reality. “I don’t think I’ve had more fun while being paid,” Smith says.

"The Raquette River Roll is not just a fun activity; it’s a way to connect families with the intricate ecosystems of the Adirondacks," said Nick Gunn, Marketing Director at The Wild Center. "We’ve designed this experience to be both educational and entertaining, fostering a deeper appreciation for our natural environment."

Raquette River Roll is included with regular admission to The Wild Center. Wooden balls are available for $6, or $5 for Wild Center members, and can be purchased on-site or through The Wild Center's online store. Customization options are available for advance orders.

For more information about Raquette River Roll and other attractions at The Wild Center, please visit 

Media members and their families are welcome to attend the unveiling of Raquette River Roll on June 28 at 4:00 p.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m.